It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year's Western Regional Conference. Join us November 20-22, 2015, as together we experience three days of human rights learning, networking, and discovery, in the great city of Los Angeles, CA. The Western Regional Conference is a three-day conference bringing together hundreds of Amnesty members and other human rights activists from around the country. With our Regional Conference Planning Committee and Regional Office as co-hosts, together we will continue our tradition of engaging in networking opportunities, inspiring plenaries, outstanding keynotes, and hands-on skill-building workshops as well as shaping the policies of the organization.
Through interactive programs and workshops, exceptional speakers and engaging exhibits, the Regional Conference will facilitate discussions about human rights issues here in the United States and around the world and motivate us to take action. As activists, we will be challenged to expand social awareness and initiate change within our own communities. This will only happen with you – we need you there!
Tentative schedule for 2015 Southern Regional Conference
The following agenda is not final and the contents may change leading up to the conference.
Below are some of the exciting sessions that are planned to happen at every regional conference this year:
Amnesty Moving Forward Plenary: A robust discussion on Amnesty USA's future that will touch on our 2016-2019 strategic planning process and member engagement.
Hate Crimes in the Heartland: An award winning documentary film and community outreach project that explores our national epidemic of hate crimes through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
From Moment to Movement Plenary: A presentation with activists from an array of protest movements on elevating the ways in which we sustain activism and drive impact in the human rights movement.
Action Alley & Ideas Fair
Friday: Times TBD
Saturday: Times TBD
Sunday: Times TBD
The Action Alley is a forum to learn about and take action on human rights issues, current AIUSA priorities, and a space for AIUSA groups to creatively display their ideas and accomplishments. We invite and encourage all attendees--including local groups, student groups, country specialists and thematic coordination groups, other member leaders, and community organizations--to apply for a space at the Action Alley. The Action Alley provides an opportunity and location for the sharing of ideas and insights that cannot be accommodated by conference programming. Past displays have shared particularly successful community events and activities, human rights promotion ideas and techniques, and information on human rights-related topics.
If interested please fill out and submit the application by October 23rd. However, available slots are limited, so be sure to apply today! Once approved, you will receive further information from the Regional Conference Planning Committee.
More information coming soon.
Registration rates are the same across all five regional conferences and include full access to the conference.
Member Rate: This rate is for current dues-paying members. Not sure whether you are a current member? Call 1-800-AMNESTY or email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify your membership status. Member rates are available for General tickets, discounted Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income tickets (S/E/S/FI) and Goodwill Supporter packages.
Non-Member Rate: Non-members can purchase General tickets, discounted Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income tickets (S/E/S/FI) and Goodwill Supporter packages.
Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income Rate: This discounted rate, available for members and non-members, is for students, educators, senior citizens, and individuals living on a fixed income.
Goodwill Supporter: Help make it possible for youth and future leaders to attend a conference! This package includes one registration for you to attend a conference and two scholarship tickets. The two scholarship tickets will be awarded by AIUSA. To show our thanks, we will list your name on selected event materials.
Travel & Lodging
November, 20th – 22nd, 2015
Sheraton Gateway LAX, 6101 W. Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (map)
Western Regional Conference Subsidy Application
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16th AT 5:00PM PT
AIUSA is providing limited subsidies in the form of lodging for Friday and Saturday night (Nov 20-22) of the 2015 Western Regional Conference in Los Angeles, CA. The subsidies are intended for active AI members and activists or those hoping to become active who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints.
To be eligible for a subsidy you must apply with a group of four people who are committed to registering and attending the entire 3-day conference, working a 3-hour volunteer shift, and meeting the requirements included in the application below.
Please note: if you (or a member of your group) are 17 years of age or younger and applying for a subsidy, AIUSA requires that a chaperone or guardian must accompany you (and your group) for the entire duration of the conference. AIUSA does not assume responsibility for unaccompanied minors and we require the presence of a chaperone or guardian on site with minors. All subsides and hotel rooms will be registered under the chaperone or guardian's name. To check into the hotel guardians and/or chaperones must be present at the time of check-in.
You can reserve you room online here of call the hotel directly at 800-325-3535. Make sure to mention "Amnesty International" and the conference to get the special rate! Space is limited and the special rate expires on October 18th, so book your room today!
There are three airports near the venue
Los Angeles Intl Airport - .25 mi
Long Beach Municipal Airport - 15 mi
John Wayne Airport - 40 mi
Downtown Los Angeles-Union Station is located 14 mi away from the venue.
The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles provides a free, round-trip shuttle to LAX. Our shuttle runs continuously, stopping by the airport and the hotel every 10-15 minutes, 24 hours a day. The shuttle stops are located outside baggage claim at every terminal, underneath the red overhead sign that says "Hotel and Courtesy Shuttle". The LAX shuttle is partially cream-colored with the Sheraton Gateway name and logo, and partially orange, with the name and logo for EZ Park LAX.
From LAX Airport to Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles
Exit the airport via Century Boulevard, to the first stop light which is Avion Street, hotel is on the left.
From Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles to LAX Airport.
From the hotel, turn right onto Century Boulevard. This will take you directly into the airport. General Driving Directions to Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles
Take Interstate 405 South and exit at Century Boulevard West (LAX Airport). Turn left at the bottom of the off ramp, and turn right on Century. The hotel is located on the right side of Century Boulevard. Turn right on Avion and take an immediate left to the hotel.
Take I-405 North and exit at Century Boulevard. Turn left at the light and travel west on Century Boulevard. The hotel is located on the right side of Century Boulevard. Turn right at Avion and then immediately to the hotel.
Take Interstate 10 West to I-405 South and exit at Century Boulevard West. Turn left at the bottom of the off ramp and take a right on Century. The hotel is located on the right side of Century Boulevard. Turn right on Avion and take an immediate left to the hotel.
Ways to Support
The more people and support we secure for our Regional Conference, the more we will accomplish for the human rights movement, while ensuring an optimal experience for our attendees. Your participation in the conference is crucial to its success, so we all need to spread the word!
Here are a few ways you can help and show your support:
Consider Joining the Planning Committee
Please contact Suhayl Santana at email@example.com if you'd like to join the Planning Committee for Regional Conferences 2016.
Join the Host Committee
If you are attending the conference and can assist Amnesty International USA by promoting the event to your network of friends, family, and colleagues, you can join our Host Committee! This is the easiest way to show your support and it takes very little effort. Sign up now to have your name recognized on certain conference promotions including the event page.
We ask Host Committee members to confirm the following:
- If you are an individual, we ask that you confirm at least 6 attendees
- If you are an organization, we ask that you confirm at least 10 attendees
Amnesty International USA provides an email-able invite, along with Facebook and Twitter instructions to help you reach your goal. We will also provide you with a report to view all the attendees that confirm you as their Host Committee member.
Thank you for considering this opportunity, especially since a good percentage of our current members and activists first learned about Amnesty International at a Regional Conference!
If you'd like to join the Regional Conference Host Committee, please click here! Link to Regional Conference Host Committee Application.
Please contact Suhayl Santana at EventSupport@aiusa.org if you have any questions about the Host Committee.
Submit a Resolution
One of the exciting things about Amnesty International is that, as a grassroots membership organization, members have a voice in what Amnesty does. Resolutions are the means by which members of AIUSA have the power to affect policy decision-making at the regional, national and international levels. Submitting a resolution is your chance to exercise your democratic right as a member of AIUSA.
Please note that the deadline to submit a resolution for the 2015/2016 year was September 1, 2015 for non-students, and September 15, 2015 for students. The deadline is the same every year (Sept. 15 for students, Sept. 1 for non-students), so if you want to submit a resolution next year, you can get started early.
It's easy to submit a resolution! You provide the idea, and we'll help you put it in the proper format. Please contact the National Resolutions Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like more information about how to submit a resolution.
Submit a Proposal for a Session
AIUSA members and staff are invited to propose, help develop, and organize the sessions that you'll attend at the 2015 Regional Conferences. Your submissions help create a diverse and inclusive agenda for each conference every year while also helping to shape the regional dialogue for human rights activists.
If you are interested in completing an RFP for the Western Regional Conference, you may access the proposal form via the Activist Resource Community (ARC).
The Western Regional Conference Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to help out at the Regional Conference!
If you are interested in volunteering for the Regional Conference, please fill out and submit the application by October 23rd. Volunteers are expected to volunteer for at least three hours, and in return, will receive free registration. Volunteers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and there are a limited number of spaces, so we encourage you to apply early. Once your application is turned in, a representative from the Western Regional Conference Planning Committee will be in touch to provide further details.
If you have any questions, please contact Will Butkus at email@example.com.
The more people attend our Regional Conference, the more we will accomplish for the human rights movement and the better experience everyone will have, so we all need to spread the word! Challenge yourself or your group to sign up at least 1, 2, or 3 more people! In fact, a good percentage of our current members and activists first learned about Amnesty International at a Regional Conference! Let's get to it!
Interested in making a monetary donation or donating in-kind services?
Our Regional Conferences count on the support of individuals like yourself to ensure we have another successful year. If you are a business owner or work for a local business and are interested in providing support to the conference via an in-kind gift, pro bono service or a monetary donation, we would like to hear from you. Event support from businesses enables us to enhance our conference and improve our attendees' experience, while keeping the costs down for our members.
We tailor each partnership to offer unique and highly visible marketing opportunities. Support for Amnesty International USA helps to demonstrate a company's support for human rights, while exposing its brand to hundreds of our loyal supporters, community leaders and members.
We are looking for businesses to assist with the following (this is a list of a few opportunities): videography, photography, underwriting a block of tickets/stays for youth to attend, venues to host social events, and companies interested in supporting the conference as local corporate supporters.
Please contact our Director of Events, Johnny Gonzales at JohnnyGonzales@aiusa.org or 212.633.4181 for more information.
For more information on this year's regional conference, contact Will Butkus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.288.1864.